For Spring 2013, designer Victoria Bartlett stuck to the sporty aesthetic that always sets her apart from the rest. Baggy silhouettes, colorblocking, sheer fabrics, and VPL's signature bras made strong cameos on the catwalk. Models wore colorblocked sandals and harness-like headbands as eccentric accessories. The hooded anoraks, sheer jumpsuits, parachute-inspired maxi skirts, cropped sweaters, and drawstring dresses were all designed for the off-kilter fashion girl that has a major sporty side. The color palette was mostly neutrals with pops of bright yellow, orange, and mint. Solids ruled the VPL runway, but bursts of abstract stripes were a surprising addition.
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For its past Made in Kind designer collaborations, Anthropologie worked with the likes of Karen Walker, Tracy Reese and Organic's John Patrick. Now, just in time for the Olympics, the famously offbeat-cute brand has teamed up with VPL's Victoria Bartlett.
The designer, who's loved for her sporty, exposed-elastic bralettes, briefs and camisoles, whipped up a few all-new prints for her new Anthro capsule—among them a sweet pink floral and arty green splatter—that are a bit softer than those you might see in her primary collection. The final product, dubbed UV_UnderVisibles, is exactly what its name would suggest: underwear so pretty, it'd be a shame to keep it completely hidden. And since nothing in the line's over $128, you can mix and match these athletic lingerie separates to your heart's content. We know exactly what we'll be wearing while watching Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber take to the uneven bars.
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The latest batch of capsule collections for Made In Kind, Anthropologie's online-only designer collaboration project, have finally hit, and while all are highly chic, it's Victoria Bartlett's UV_Undervisibles line that's really topping our must-wear list. With its sporty cuts, colorblock, and high-contrast straps, the 18-piece collection bears a striking similarity to Bartlett's acclaimed VPL line — but with a few marked differences. First off, everything comes decorated with the prettiest MC Escher-esque microprints, and second, these camisoles, lingerie sets, and slips all ring in under $128. "The line builds upon the basics of VPL's foundations, with heavy emphasis on the body, movement, and nature," Bartlett explains.
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>> VPL's sporty aesthetic remains in tact for Fall 2012. Designer Victoria Bartlett sent her signature innerwear-as-outerwear aesthetic down the catwalk, but this season's offering was updated with extreme draping, heavy asymmetry, chunky knits, and earthy tones. Yellow and a few printed pieces were also in the mix, providing contrast to all the sportiness. Fall's pieces — some wearable, others better left to the models — are for the girl who doesn't mind showing off her figure.
>> There's no doubt we're in a Spring state of mind as of late thanks to all of the new Spring collections in stores and online. This week, we're stepping into the new season in colorblocked Pierre Hardy wedges, awesome wrapped bracelets from the socially conscious Bluma Project, ASOS tangerine satchel, and textural print dress from Edun. Meanwhile, a melon-hued VPL bra provides the perfect peek-a-boo effect against a tan complexion, thanks to Too Faced's bronze face primer.
Left to right: ASOS Contrast Handle Flat Lock Across Body ($27), Edun Printed Silk-Georgette Dress ($480), Bluma Project Adanfo Wrap Bracelets ($18), Too Faced SPF 20 Bronze Tint Skin Smoothing Face Primer ($30), VPL Bra ($85), Pierre Hardy Colorblock Wedge ($630)
>> Victoria Bartlett found inspiration inside the body, deep down to the umbilical cords, for her VPL Fall 2011 collection, which ebbed and flowed between draped silhouettes and more sculptural pieces. Inspired by artists Piero Manzoni and Joseph Beuys for their multi-textural sculptures, Bartlett created languid one-shoulder jersey dresses, leather tops, latex trench coats, textured jackets, angular boiled wool skirts, along with nylon accordion-pleated pieces inspired by Dustin Yellin to replicate her idea of hard and soft, or what she calls “stretch and fold.” The designer also experimented with warmer hues like deer, wood, iron oxide, gold, and orange, counteracted with cooler options such as aluminum and steel. Bartlett’s undergarments, some almost completely see-through, were another success garnering major applause from onlookers in the stands.
On the accessories front, Bartlett once again collaborated with LD Tuttle for footwear, this time creating a range of tucked and folded platform boots. Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer designed the chain and latex belts and wrapped necklaces to mimic umbilical cords, and Brian Crumley created the chunky latex cuffs.
The sexy tomboy prefers her man's oversize button-down to a strappy garter getup any day and feels right at home in a tiny pair of briefs. Think Calvin Klein underwear ads, Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and Freja Beha Erichsen's perfect bedhead. She may be low-key, but she's still high-fashion — and proves that you can totally be seductive while staying on the sporty side. Click through to see all of my picks for the hot-to-trot tomboy.